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Irish Mirror
Jasmine Allday

Freddie Flintoff's Top Gear crash leaves BBC show and two others 'in the balance'

Freddie Flintoff's crash is said to have caused chaos for Top Gear and two other BBC shows he is meant to be fronting.

The future of three shows - including the popular motoring series - reportedly hangs in the balance after Freddie was involved in a high-speed crash. The former cricketer was injured in a horror accident while on the set of the BBC show.

The star was said to be "lucky to be alive" after the accident left him hospitalised and suffering from broken bones after the accident occurred on the Top Gear test track back in December. At the time, he had to be airlifted to the hospital.

However, amid reports that Top Gear has been hit by delays while host Freddie recovers from his horrific car crash, it has now been revealed that two other shows for the BBC are 'at risk' as Freddie was meant to play a key part.

He is said to be fronting a series for BBC Two which has been dubbed as The Repair Shop meeting Top Gear, where people's cars go under serious renovations - whilst Freddie hears from the owner all about how they came to have it and its history.

Freddie has also signed up for a new series of his cricketing documentary, Field of Dreams, but can't film yet.

Freddie is still recovering from his injuries (BBC Studios/ Lee Brimble)

"The problem is that Freddie now has a backlog of shows which are just waiting for him to start filming," a source told The Sun.

"As well as Top Gear, which has been put on ice until he’s well enough to consider coming back, he has already signed up for a second series of his cricketing doc series, Field of Dreams. So producers have no idea when Freddie will be able to start hosting this new motoring show and it might end up being more than a year away."

They added: "Which is frustrating for execs who’d gradually been giving him more and more projects in a bid to make him a BBC face."

Freddie presents Top Gear alongside Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness (BBC/Vincent Dolman)

The BBC has been contacted by The Mirror for comment.

Elsewhere, Top Gear bosses have confirmed they would be fully investigating the incident. A spokesman for the programme said in December: "Our primary concern is and has been for the welfare of Freddie – as well as the Top Gear team. All health and safety procedures were followed on site and the incident is now being fully investigated, in line with standard policy and practice."

Freddie presents Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

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